We’ve been hearing rumours for a while now that there may be plans to carry on the Indiana Jones franchise beyond Harrison Ford, with Shia LaBeouf being the logical choice to star in future episodes. If you’ve seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you’ll know that there’s a moment at the end of the film that briefly flirts with the notion while avoiding any solid indication one way or another. However, it sounds like Shia will definitely take over for Harrison Ford if George Lucas has anything to say about it.
He was recently quoted by Fox News (yes, that bastion of journalistic integrity) as having a swell idea for the next installment in the series:
“I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even told Steven or Harrison this, but I have an idea to make Shia the lead character next time and have Harrison come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.”
I know a lot of people are very hostile towards this possibility, but I will admit that I don’t necessarily hate the idea. On the other hand, it seems like all Lucas does now is write movies that repeat events from his previous flicks, just transplanted to a different generation. What do you think… would you pay to see Mutt Williams and the Legend of the Swinging Monkeys?
On a related note, Lucas also responded to the mixed reviews for Indy 4: “This movie is the exact same experience as the other three were. The difference is, the novelty of discovery is gone. I get worried when I hear fans say theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re expecting something different that will change their lives. This is ‘Indiana Jones’ just as you remember him.” Thoughts?